Producers’ Guild Revisits Animation

On Thursday, Nov. 17, The PGA New Media Council will present a panel discussion with leaders in animation production from Sony Pictures Animation, Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Mike Young Prods., Rubberbug and The Jim Henson Co. The event will focus on how different producer skills transfer in the animation world, as well as the finer points of both 2D and 3D animation pipelines.

Titled Animation Prducers: New Skill to Draw From, the program will feature Sony Pictures Animation producer Michelle Murdocca (Open Season), Walt Disney Feature Animation VP of production Carolyn Soper, DreamWorks Animation producer Mark Swift (Shark Tale), Mike Young Prods. co-founder and partner Mike Young (Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Pet Alien), Rubberbug president and CEO George Maestri (original animation producer on Comedy Central’s South Park), The Jim Henson Co. new media producer Bret Nelson and XLT CEO David Koenig (producer of Bratz, Lil’ Bratz, Build A Bear Workshop DVDs).

The program will take place at Sony Imageworks Theatre on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 17. Networking and cocktails will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 8 p.m. There is no charge for Active PGA members. Guests accompanied by active PGA members get in for $10 and non members admission is $20 (make check payable to Producers Guild of America). RSVP at www.pganewmedia.org/pnm/events/CurrentEvents/edutainment.drawingnewaudiences.html.

Sony Imageworks Theatre is located at 9050 West Washington Blvd. in Culver City. Parking is free at below ground parking provided by Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment. The event is produced by NMC Events Committee chairs James Fino and Duncan Wain.